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School & Groups - Beach Excursions

Schools, clubs or large group excursions to the NE Kent coast can view the variety of marine and coastal wildlife around the Thanet coastline depending upon the tide being in or out; and see evidence of coastal erosion, run beach inspired activities, or just visit for general coastal leisure opportunities.

Please remember to read the following, as part of your planning for your organised educational visit to the coast:

A number of bays around the NE Kent Coast are suitable for organised school trips, including:


Assistance:  To help sustain our educational work with groups, the Thanet Coast Project can assist with activities like Seashore Safaris (if over the 'Low Tide') or Scavenger Hunts & BeachArt for a small charges to help cover our costs. For more information on our fees, please contact us at:

Canterbury City Council may be able to assist groups/schools within their district, including at Reculver Country Park. Educational field trips are also run by the Kent Wildlife Trust and currently with local schools through the Guardians of the Deep project.



Please inform the Thanet Coast Project/Thanet Council (e-mail above) or Canterbury City Council 'Foreshores' of your intended visit for schools or groups (over 20 people).

Plese could you notify us of the intended dates & times, beach you are looking to visit, numbers (students/pupils/children & teachers/helpers), what the activities are being undertaken, & your contact details.  This is required for health and safety - so that it can be shared with the bay inspectors, RNLI lifeguards (if working that day) & concessionaires.  When planning your visit, this infomation can help you to avoid other schools that have already notfied us of their visit, or any events or other work/activities that are taking place on that day.


Further Advice:

Group Visits to Thanet's Beaches & Bays (Visit Thanet) 

Useful reference material for schools is also available from:

  • Discovering Thanet Coast 'educational resources' are currently being developed and should be available in 2018/19. These will include four sites at Minnis Bay, Margate Main Sands, Joss Bay and Ramsgate Main Sands
  • Coastal Community Beach Huts - for group hire (Margate & Ramsgate Main Sands)
  • Marine Conservation Society website 

Thanet Coast (NEKMPA)

c/o Thanet District Council,

PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent CT9 1XZ
United Kingdom



Tony Child

Thanet Coast (NE Kent Marine Protected Area) Officer

Telephone: +44 (0) 1843 577672

(based in Manston Road Depot)